New Delhi, November 1
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday stressed the need for better connectivity in the SCO region based on the centrality of interests of Central Asian states.
Connectivity projects must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and comply with international law. S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs
In a speech during a virtual meeting of the Council of Heads of Government (CHG) of the SCO, Jaishankar also referred to the need to pay attention to Iran’s Chabahar port to intensify connectivity with landlocked countries in Iran. Central Asia. “Our total trade with SCO members is just $141 billion, which has the potential to grow significantly. Fair market access is in our mutual interest and the only way forward. before,” the minister tweeted after attending the 21st SCO Council of Heads of Government (CHG) meeting chaired by Chinese Premier Li Kiquang.
The minister said that “connectivity projects must respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states and comply with international law”. His remarks were seen as a reference to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Better connectivity was a theme on which Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit meeting in Samarkand in September. PM Modi had called on all his members together to give each other full right of transit.
Pakistan is the only country among the SCO members that does not grant transit to India for transporting goods. This has thwarted plans for seamless connectivity between SAARC and SCO countries. Prime Minister Modi had said that efforts to develop reliable, resilient and diverse supply chains in the region would require better connectivity and for this it would be important that all countries give each other full right of transit.
Jaishankar highlighted India’s strong cultural and historical bond with the SCO region and reiterated his commitment to deepen multilateral cooperation in the areas of food and energy security, climate change, trade and culture. . He also referred to the launch of the global “LIFE” (Lifestyle for the Environment) mission by Prime Minister Modi on October 20, and its relevance to ensuring food and energy security.
The Minister drew attention to India’s commitment to tackling the challenge of climate change as well as the country’s achievements in this direction.